CHOP and SFIC Reports on Teen Car Crashes

CHOP and SFIC Reports on Teen Car Crashes

Car crashes are common across the world but recently America is going through some serious discussions on road safety as more and more teen drivers in the United States are becoming victims of teen driver crashes. In one of the national research report by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and State Farm Insurance Companies it has been claimed that more than 40,000 people have lost their lives in America last year due to reckless driving by teen drivers. Apart from this 30% of the people were not present in the car during the incident. This clearly indicates that teen driver crashes is not only about the death of the teen drivers but also the people that become the victims of the incident while they are walking or crossing the streets.


The report worked on together by CHOP and State Farm have clearly shown that in the year 2008 more than half a million American lost their lives because of teen driver crash incidents and that the numbers should be brought down to keep the situation under control. According to Dennis Durbin, Co-Scientific Director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at CHOP and co-author of the report the situation can only be brought under control when people come together to resolve this problem. Currently, car crash is the top reason for teen deaths in America and the report showed that more teens have died in American compare to the combined figures of teens dying with cancer and suicide.

The report also showed that although the figures are shocking all the cases have something common in them. There are four common key patterns that could help people to get this situation under control. The four key behavior patterns are speeding, use of alcohol, distractive driving and not wearing seat belts. In all of the cases 16% of the cases were due to distractive driving. Teens driving under influence of alcohol was also one of the major reasons as more than 40% of the cases happened because of drunk driving. However, in more than 50% of the cases teen drivers were speeding and they had not worn their seat belts that led to their death.

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